If you've ever experimented with your hair, you know that mistakes are almost inevitable. Especially if you're dyeing it — so many things can go wrong. The color can turn out to be totally different than you expected, the hair dye bottle can spontaneously explode and cover all of your bathroom in pink or your head might turn into a watermelon because you're allergic to the product. It's pretty wild.

So in order to show you the possible side effects of going full Dennis Rodman, Bored Panda has compiled a list of the funniest (and saddest) hair dye fails ever. Continue scrolling, upvote your faves, and tell us if you've experienced something like this in the comments!

#1

Do You Think My Grandma Would Notice I Dyed My Hair?

Do You Think My Grandma Would Notice I Dyed My Hair?

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Jessica Cole
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1 month ago

I'd be whooping some major blue ass if I was Grandma and that was my shower!

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Peter Regan, a hairdresser in Manchester city center, UK, who specializes in permanent hair straightening, precision cutting, and natural-looking color, thinks people can face different challenges if they're dyeing their hair for different reasons. "If the goal for coloring hair is to cover greys, then the main challenge is choosing the correct color," he told Bored Panda. "Most domestic tints turn out darker than expected. For example, mid-brown which is a common color used at home, when looked at on a color chart looks to the untrained viewer very nearly black."

"If the goal is to make a statement, then the appropriateness of color is the biggest challenge."

Hairstylist and colorist Jahlesa Taylor thinks "the biggest challenges when coloring your hair yourself is being able to see your whole head, and timing things properly, especially when you're doing touch-ups."

"When I have clients who need me to correct a color that they did themselves, the majority of the damage/unevenness is in the back and I know it's because we can't see back there properly, even with a mirror," the professional who works in Lauderhill, Florida, told Bored Panda. "Proper color application requires an understand of timing, as well as an understanding of tones and undertones, and many people think they can just spread the color or lightener all over their head and it will balance out in the end."

#2

This Girl Used Walmart Plastic Bag To “Keep The Heat In” While She Bleached Her Hair. The Logo From The Bag Came Off And Is Now Dyed Into Her Hair

This Girl Used Walmart Plastic Bag To “Keep The Heat In” While She Bleached Her Hair. The Logo From The Bag Came Off And Is Now Dyed Into Her Hair

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Lunar Bicycle
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1 month ago (edited)

Once it’s dried and brushed or mussed about, it might just look like some neat random blue spots in her hair. Also, isn’t this picture like ten years old?

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#3

Allergic To Hair Dye

Allergic To Hair Dye

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Debby B
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1 month ago

I found that out the hard way too 😢

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Jahlesa has noticed that color blocking is super popular again. "Personally, I’m a huge fan! Sometimes you want a little pop of color in the front or a little peek of color in the back and the color blocking method allows you to have fun without the commitment or responsibility that comes with a total hair makeover."

Regan, the author of The Hair Colour Book: A Practical Guide To The Theory Of Colouring Hair, noted that during the pandemic, the trends haven't evolved like they usually do as salons have been closed in most places. The last thing that caught his attention was balayage which is a kind of freehand painting on the hair.

However, if you want to infuse your hair with color but can't decide on the particulars, you might want to take it slow. "Whatever looks people are thinking about applying to their hair, they should understand a few things," Regan said. "Firstly, domestic hair color will only lift about 2 levels and if they have artificial color on their hair then it cannot be made lighter using a tint, only bleach can lighten existing dye."

#4

The Time I Accidentally Dyed My Hair Orange And Then Accidentally Dressed Like A Bag Of Oranges

The Time I Accidentally Dyed My Hair Orange And Then Accidentally Dressed Like A Bag Of Oranges

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Helenium
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1 month ago

To be fair she does look good though

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#5

How’s College Going? Well My Roommate Is Now A Smurf

How’s College Going? Well My Roommate Is Now A Smurf

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Friday
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1 month ago (edited)

She looks like a corpse

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#6

I Didn't Notice That My Glove Broke While Dyeing My Friend's Hair And Now My Hands Are Stained

I Didn't Notice That My Glove Broke While Dyeing My Friend's Hair And Now My Hands Are Stained

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Friday
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like she punched a Smurf

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"If it says lightener or something similar on the box, then it is most likely a bleach of some description and must be handled very carefully," the hairdresser stressed. "If their hair is partially grown out then the dye will react differently on the virgin hair than it will on the previously colored hair."

"Also, make sure that you do a skin compatibility test at least 2 days prior to applying hair dye – this is important as it is about safety." Judging from the pics, many people, unfortunately, skip this step altogether.

#7

My Friend's Child Got Into Her Hair Dye Before She Woke Up

My Friend's Child Got Into Her Hair Dye Before She Woke Up

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Ember
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my!

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#8

Guess Who's Severely Allergic To Hair Dye? This Girl

Guess Who's Severely Allergic To Hair Dye? This Girl

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Jessica Cole
Community Member
1 month ago

At least her hair looks great?

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#9

2021 Dad Of The Year: I Told Her To Shower Instead Of Rinsing Her Hair Out, Right After Dyeing It

2021 Dad Of The Year: I Told Her To Shower Instead Of Rinsing Her Hair Out, Right After Dyeing It

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

Dad of the year indeed... What do you do after you get your daughter covered in purple stains? You humiliate her publicly online, of course!

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When people want to use a semi-permanent color, Regan said they should check the following: are there two things to mix together? If the answer is yes then it is not a true semi-permanent color!

"One of the ingredients will be a developer (hydrogen peroxide). This will either be a permanent color or a quasi-color which is supposed to fade off the hair but in my experience is almost permanent," the hairdresser said. "True semi-permanent hair color is pre-mixed in a single bottle and lasts about 6-8 washes."

"There's little point in looking at photographs showing a color that is a long way away from the person's natural color as it would be too difficult for them to create at home."

#10

I’m Sharing This For Educational Purposes Only. She Bleached Her Box Colored Hair At Home And Then Put A Relaxer On It To Control Frizz. Her Hair Is Beyond Recovery

I’m Sharing This For Educational Purposes Only. She Bleached Her Box Colored Hair At Home And Then Put A Relaxer On It To Control Frizz. Her Hair Is Beyond Recovery

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

When you want to randomly mix chemicals... don't do it on your body!

Jonathan English
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1 month ago

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That's what animal testing is for....

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jjdubs W
Community Member
1 month ago

Hair replaced by angel hair pasta! Yikes!

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 month ago

This is why it’s a good idea to have professionals who know how, when, and what to use, take care of these two hair treatments. They can tell you if both can be done in the same visit, they know if there are products that are formulated specifically to be used together, or they can set you up with two appropriately spaced appointments to safely do both treatments separately—-all to ensure that your hair doesn’t end up so damaged that every single strand of it just slides off your chemically burnt scalp.

David Arriaga
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m a hairdresser now, but even as a 18 year old I knew to look up information and learned a lot on my own outside of school. The internet is a wealth of information. This mistake is hilarious because if your so ignorant you can’t even use the internet IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND. And just decide to do something just because....you were asking for it. This is Darwin awards moment, poor poor dumb girl.

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Kori Peek
Community Member
1 month ago

She literally melted her hair. That's what happens when you mix certain chemicals and it starts falling out. It takes a VERY loooong time for your hair to recover from such a mistake. Poor gal.

Monday
Community Member
1 month ago

Time to learn to rock the bald look for a while or invest in a nice wig

Lara Verne
Community Member
1 month ago

Or nice headscarf

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Karina
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like Sauerkraut :-D

SuperChicken
Community Member
1 month ago

It does and add some rotkohl on the side.🤪

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Kat
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like noodles

Anita Pickle
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

She is so lucky her skin did not start to ooze, blister, burn, etc..

lara
Community Member
1 month ago

You know, I wonder if these people would buy a "do it yourself surgery kit."

Natalia
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh that's scary....

Gretchen Esquilin
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like someone got a chemical haircut! There's metallic salts in box dyes that when mixed w/ the relaxer will end up making Nair. (I can't remember the chemical terms, it's been 6 yrs since I went to cosmetology school.) Stylists are underappreciated until something like this happens...

jasper
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh, people. Just don't do it. Put the box down and back away from the sink.

David Arriaga
Community Member
1 month ago

As a new hairdresser, I’m learning that common sense is not so common. Most people are small step away from cosmetological Darwin award.

Calypso poet
Community Member
1 month ago

Good luck! Don't let the bad ones get you down! My hairdresser, we used to work together, specializes in color and color correction. She has explained processes to correct and people have still ignored her advice because of the cost and tried it themselves only to have to come back. One even got mad it was taking so long and insisted on being washed early...not good.

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Shauna Voigt
Community Member
1 month ago

I would cry so hard.

Cheyenne
Community Member
1 month ago

You actually can dye your hair and relax it, but you have to wait at least a week between each process. Don’t try to do it all at once. My neighbor did and she ended up bald as an egg.

Sue Simmons
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes I agree. I made the mistake of having highlighted hair and then 2 weeks later a relaxer. My hair was absolutely awful when I next washed it. Currently hairdresser is fixing my self prescribed mess.

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Debby B
Community Member
1 month ago

What a bummer!

MCathenaE
Community Member
1 month ago

YOUR HAIR HAS A MELTING POINT

Id row
Community Member
1 month ago

She's on the the phone with the hair police in the bottom pic.

Robin Childers
Community Member
1 month ago

Might as well shave her head and start over.

Betty Patterson
Community Member
1 month ago

FUBAR

Billy The Kid
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Bad hair day. Need to shave that off!

Noel Bovae
Community Member
1 month ago

Did something similar when I was 16-17. I had died my hair black, and so to remove it I decided to bleach my hair several times.. In a row. I jumped in the shower afterwards, and my white/yellow hair was soft.. So soft that it was all just breaking off and falling out in the shower. I ended up going to a (very expensive) hair salon the next day, to save what I could. Ended up leaving there $200 poorer, with a man's haircut. (I could've done that myself, for free!) It's been 20 years, and I still refuse to ever dye my hair black, or use any type of bleach on my hair. That sucked!

Belinda Crum
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks like spaghetti

Maple Chan
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1 month ago

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Flo
Community Member
1 month ago

Does she still have any hair left? Poor girl...

Joy T
Community Member
1 month ago

I left bleach in for an hour and this happened

Pandora Edmundson
Community Member
1 month ago

save a bit of money from professional, lost all her hair in return

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 month ago

Shave your head, buy a wig and NEVER do that again!

Poppy Pothead
Community Member
1 month ago

Buzzcut!

Penelope Mays
Community Member
1 month ago

oh no, she must feel horrid.

Isa Trip
Community Member
1 month ago

looks like ramen noodles now...

Robert Greisberg
Community Member
1 month ago

Sauerkraut. She must be German.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
1 month ago

Read the precautions.

Nancy Buckheister
Community Member
1 month ago

Buzz cut is the only remedy!

Author SJ Baily
Community Member
1 month ago

Nails look good though, so there's that!

Carole Strawn
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect example of why you don't color your own hair at home. This is a job for professionals.

Linda Robinett
Community Member
1 month ago

I would shave my head and let it grow out.

Rose Sakkara Blacke
Community Member
1 month ago

should only do one chemical treatment at a time, overprocessing severely damages hair

Jane Petersen
Community Member
1 month ago

Shave it all and start over with this important chemistry lesson in mind.

Roberto Durante
Community Member
1 month ago

spaghetti hair , the new fashion

Fred Burrows
Community Member
1 month ago

Angel hair pasta

Granny
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah,,many years ago I permed my BLEACHED HAIR..turned into cotton frizz..had to be cut.OFF..

TrashPandaSociety
Community Member
1 month ago

Buzzcut it.

OMGWaitWhat
Community Member
1 month ago

Time for a buzz cut! Wow

Black Karen
Community Member
1 month ago

Serious question though... white girls use relaxers??

Karen Grace
Community Member
1 month ago

Some girls have a curly hair that is unmanageable and frizzes with the slightest humidity. In high school my mom used to iron my hair so it would look decent for school. This was years ago and if they had relaxers back then I wasn't aware of them. I'm Irish and Native American and I think the genes for hair from them clashed, lol.

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sam puckett
Community Member
1 month ago

SPAGHETTI STRANDS

sam puckett
Community Member
1 month ago

NOMNOMNOM put some red dye on top to make sauce lol

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't believe she has any hair left.

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
1 month ago

I thought everyone knew not to colour their hair and perm/relax it within a few weeks!

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 month ago

Oh my gosh!! Hair be gone for a long time!

Ismenie Vlachos
Community Member
1 month ago

I understand this pain same thing happened to me but in defense I had bleached my hair weeks before and I just wanted a little tame for my sons birthday party, I put the relaxer in with help so no parts are left longer than others. Washed after maybe 12 mins applied everything the way they said In the instructions…. I’ve had a pixie cut since January 😑

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

WOW!!! I would have lived with the frizz for a while then put the relaxnt in. Not at the same time.

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#11

Today I Learned That Hair Dye Smudges

Today I Learned That Hair Dye Smudges

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
1 month ago

I bet he didn't read the instructions that clearly say to put the mix on your hair and not to spread it on your forehead, on your neck or on your abdomen....

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#12

I Think My Mom Is Allergic To Hair Coloring

I Think My Mom Is Allergic To Hair Coloring

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Suzanne Haigh
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1 month ago

Well look on the cheerful side, her wrinkles have gone.

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Lastly, if you really like your bathroom, Regan believes you should think twice about coloring your hair in it. Some of the people on this list would definitely agree. The whole thing is very likely to get messy.

"Always change your pillowcase for an old one for the first few days after coloring," Regan added. "It's likely that you haven't washed all of the residues off the hair. Red is the worst color for this."

Just make sure you're comfortable (with unexpected results), have everything you need, and aren't pressed for time. Good luck!

#13

So, My Friend Had A Pretty Ridiculous Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye. Pic On The Left Is What She Normally Looks Like

So, My Friend Had A Pretty Ridiculous Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye. Pic On The Left Is What She Normally Looks Like

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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

The explanation in the caption solves the dilemma. Glad to hear that the pic on the right isn't what she normally looks like.

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#14

Purple Dye Disaster. I Was A Walking, Wide-Eyed Eggplant

Purple Dye Disaster. I Was A Walking, Wide-Eyed Eggplant

On the one hand, I was purple, we were going out later, and this was mortifying. On the other, it was absolutely hilarious

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
1 month ago

Aren't there instructions on the boxes of these hair colouring products in order to avoid such results?

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#15

This Is Why Hair Dye Says To Test It On A Small Spot Before Applying Everywhere. Bad Allergic Reaction

This Is Why Hair Dye Says To Test It On A Small Spot Before Applying Everywhere. Bad Allergic Reaction

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Jessica Cole
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1 month ago

This has to be a tad photoshopped

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#16

So, My Bottle Hair Dye Just Exploded

So, My Bottle Hair Dye Just Exploded

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Hannah Edwards
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1 month ago

Oh my God! It’s like a crime scene!

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#17

So My Wife Colored Her Hair Yesterday

So My Wife Colored Her Hair Yesterday

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

Ha! Yeah, no cuddling directly after dyeing. Hopefully it was cool enough for you to wear long sleeves for a couple days.

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#18

What My Hair Looked Like - What I Asked For - And How It Turned Out

What My Hair Looked Like - What I Asked For - And How It Turned Out

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Ivo H
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1 month ago

Luckily it looks easily fixable.. Just go to another (probably more experienced) hairdresser

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#19

My Friend's Little Brother Had An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye

My Friend's Little Brother Had An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye

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Helenium
Community Member
1 month ago

Antihistamines work. Believe me lol

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#20

We Had An Incident - I Think It Was A Faulty Bottle. But, Nora Is In Heaven That She’s Dyed Head To Toe In Pink. So We Will Call It A Lose-Win

We Had An Incident - I Think It Was A Faulty Bottle. But, Nora Is In Heaven That She’s Dyed Head To Toe In Pink. So We Will Call It A Lose-Win

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Helenium
Community Member
1 month ago

Love kids. So adaptable

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#21

Didn't Realize One Of My Glove Fingers Broke Until I Was Done Dyeing My Hair

Didn't Realize One Of My Glove Fingers Broke Until I Was Done Dyeing My Hair

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Jeannie Bristow
Community Member
1 month ago

Just admit your very special relationship with Smurfette.

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#22

My Friend Wants To Go To School To Be A Hairdresser, I Let Her Practice On My Hair

My Friend Wants To Go To School To Be A Hairdresser, I Let Her Practice On My Hair

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SentimentAndBadJokes
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1 month ago

I'm not sure she'll make the cut...

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#23

Dyed Everything Except For My Hair. Including My Tongue, Nail Beds And Corneas

Dyed Everything Except For My Hair. Including My Tongue, Nail Beds And Corneas

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Gin. No tonic
Community Member
1 month ago

It probably also dyed their hair, but since it's dark brown, it only got a tint of blue, and you can't really see it. To get really blue hair, dark hair has ti bleached first.

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#24

What Could Go Wrong If I Dye My Hair In Front Of My Laptop?

What Could Go Wrong If I Dye My Hair In Front Of My Laptop?

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River Webb
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1 month ago

why?

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#25

I Will Be Suing The Company Who Marked This Box Of Hair Dye As Dark Brown

I Will Be Suing The Company Who Marked This Box Of Hair Dye As Dark Brown

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Otter
Community Member
1 month ago

I want to know how the hell that effect happened! I dye my hair with box dye, I just don't see how it's possible!

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#26

An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye

An Allergic Reaction To Hair Dye

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Ryan Deschanel
Community Member
1 month ago

1 : I want a coat made out of puppies. 2 : take me to your ruler. 3 : mmmbrphlibplrt...

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#27

Someone Used A Plastic Walmart Bag To Keep The Heat In While Bleaching Their Hair... With Predictable Results

Someone Used A Plastic Walmart Bag To Keep The Heat In While Bleaching Their Hair... With Predictable Results

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I I
Community Member
1 month ago

some nice streaks...............

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#28

When You Dye A New Wig And It Straight Up Looks Like Barbie Has Just Been Murdered In Your Sink

When You Dye A New Wig And It Straight Up Looks Like Barbie Has Just Been Murdered In Your Sink

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just your fault, you're too messy

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#29

When You Ask Your Husband To Dye Your Hair

When You Ask Your Husband To Dye Your Hair

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I I
Community Member
1 month ago

that was your first mistake

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#30

During... And After. Yep, Neil's Hair Doesn't Do Dyeing

During... And After. Yep, Neil's Hair Doesn't Do Dyeing

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jjdubs W
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1 month ago

Given the rest of these posts, lucky Neil!

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#31

Don't Dye Your Hair Blonde If You Have Black Hair

Don't Dye Your Hair Blonde If You Have Black Hair

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SentimentAndBadJokes
Community Member
1 month ago

I never really saw this one working

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#32

So My Hair Dye Decided To Bleed Onto My Whole Body In The Shower

So My Hair Dye Decided To Bleed Onto My Whole Body In The Shower

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Mihai Mara
Community Member
1 month ago

Guess who's ready for the annual Smurfs convention?

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#33

When You Practically Burn Off About Half Of Your Hair But You're Still Basically Orange. Oops Guess This Stuff Is Stronger Than The Stuff I Used To Use, I'll Know For Next Time

When You Practically Burn Off About Half Of Your Hair But You're Still Basically Orange. Oops Guess This Stuff Is Stronger Than The Stuff I Used To Use, I'll Know For Next Time

Well if I lose all the hair guess I can start fresh.

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Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

READ. TEST. Condition.

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#34

Accidentally Put The Hair Dye Gloves On Backwards. My Stupidity Knows No Bounds

Accidentally Put The Hair Dye Gloves On Backwards. My Stupidity Knows No Bounds

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
1 month ago

Backwards? Did you put them on after dying your hair?

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#35

Oh No

Oh No

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Ginny Weasly
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1 month ago

Yes. Yes you are…

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